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  The Gin Game at Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum

The Gin Game

Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum
1419 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. Topanga

Theatricum’s Alan Blumenfeld and Katherine James star as two residents in an elder care facility whose heated rounds of gin rummy are made personal when the game begins to represent their own inner battles and struggle for dignity. This production of Donald L. Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play is produced in partnership with Sierra Madre Playhouse.

Thru - Sep 29, 2019



Price: $38

Show Type: Drama

Box Office: 310-455-3723

www.theatricum.com



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Los Angeles Times - Highly Recommended

"...Card tables shoved over, vicious slapping — who knew gin rummy could be a contact sport? Between senior citizens, no less? A superb revival of 1976’s “The Gin Game” at Will Geer’s Theatricum Botanicum explores the pain seething below the comic surface of D.L. Coburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning two-hander."
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Philip Brandes


Stage Raw - Not Recommended

"...Wendell (Allen Blumenfeld) and Fonsia (Katherine James) aren't your cuddly cookie-baking grandparents. These card shark retirees play endless games of gin, as well as swear, argue, and (almost) fall in love. The pair inhabit The Gin Game, the 1978 Pulitzer Prize winner by D.L. Coburn now playing at Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum. The play portrays retirement home residents (an often-forgotten demographic) with the dignity and complexity they deserve, but its slow pace and overwrought card-focused framing device make this production come up short."
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Taylor Kass



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